Governor: 108,000 potholes repaired during 'blitz'

Press release from the Office of Governor Bob McDonnell

RICHMOND, VA - Governor Bob McDonnell today announced that the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) has repaired more than 108,000 potholes throughout the Commonwealth since the governor launched the 2011 pothole blitz campaign March 8.

"Virginia's transportation network is vital to our economic prosperity and connects people to their work, homes, families and friends." Governor McDonnell said. "Although the milder winter we experienced this year has led to fewer potholes to repair than the 161,00 filled during our 2010 pothole blitz, VDOT and its contractors promptly responded when Virginia citizens reported potholes to VDOT's website or called their customer service center. The pothole blitz has helped to make travel safer and easier for all Virginia motorists."

As citizens contacted VDOT to report potholes, crews were dispatched to work through assigned corridors and repairs were prioritized based on severity and location. Severe potholes on high-traffic roads were typically filled within 24 hours.

"I would like to thank VDOT and its contractors for their work day and night to make repairs during our pothole blitz," added McDonnell. "Their efforts have created safer driving conditions and a much smoother ride for the citizens of Virginia across the 58,000 miles of state-maintained roadways."

Potholes can form at any time, so citizens can continue to report them at or by calling the VDOT Customer Service Center at 1-800-FOR-ROAD. Pothole patching videos and other useful information on potholes can also be found on the VDOT website.